Beauty Chemistry: Brushed Metallic Nails

OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress
Jin Soon Matte Maker

This week I'm making the best of two serious cases of buyer's remorse:

Take, for example, the fetishy, pleather-esque red metallic known as OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress. I fell victim to an old marketing tactic: make it red and shiny. No matter what this shimmery cranberry polish's name alludes to—if not a waitress, then a professional SVU extra? An undercover Page Six reporter eavesdropping on David Schwimmer's lunch at The Smile? The impetus for Kinky Boots?—it doesn't exactly help me dress for the job I want, if you know what I mean.

And, in another instance, Jin Soon's Matte Maker top coat, which, when applied over solid colors, felt too flat, too 2-D. This is a great look for things like magazines and Bart Simpson, but not human nail beds. But when I layer Matte Maker on top of two coats of I'm Not Really a Waitress, it cools the brassy, boastful color down a notch, making it a little bluer, and turns the attention-grabbing reflectiveness into a velvet-y brushed-metal effect. Much better.

—Mackenzie Wagoner

Photos by Mathea Millman. 

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  • Androbel

    I like it! I'm going to wear that tomorrow for valentines :)



  • Larissa

    Gorgeous! Now I just have to not so patiently wait until this Nor'easter passes to run to the store and grab both for Valentine's Day tomorrow.

    Larissa |

  • E. Brockmann

    Amazingness. Not the smartest or grandest comment but the photo is like watching a magic trick being performed! :D

  • murt

    Great idea - I've never been a fan of matte topcoats or that particular OPI shade, but the combo of both really works.

  • Nomadic D.

    Brilliant. I've got a rimmel matte top coat that I loved for a minute, but you're right, eventually it just started feeling too flat. Why did I never think of putting it over a metallic color? Totally doing this.

  • Ina

    This reminds me of Deborah Lippmann's Red Silk Boxers..

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  • Melissa

    Omg I love this site!!!!!


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